allianz arena (updated)

construction works of the allianz arena started in october 2002. now in 2005 the building process was finished and the review was updated with recent images, demonstrating the highly innovative path chosen by the architects.

on 8 february 2002 the evaluation committee for the stadium construction project in munich has made its recommendation, and the developers - the fc bayern münchen and tsv 1860 münchen - have selected the model submitted by the jacques herzog and pierre de meuron. at at the same time it was announced that the stadium will be called the “allianz arena”. allianz, the international insurance group because of the long-term partnership between the stadium and allianz until 20021.

the decision was awarded to the design from the alpine bau deutschland gmbh tender association with the swiss architects herzog and de meuron, because it represents an innovative interpretation of the football stadium of the future. the smooth outer facade, with its diamond-shaped translucent shell onto which different plays of color can be projected, gives the building an almost magical sense of poetry. three terraces that will be able to hold 66,000 spectators.

the two clubs are sharing equally in the costs for the large-scale project, which can start this year in fröttmaning. it will certainly be finished by 2006 for the world cup in germany."

oliver kahn: "we really needed this stadium in germany, and especially in munich. and now we're going to get it - congratulations! as of 2005, football will be bigger and more popular than ever in munich. i look forward to having the chance to defend the goal in this stadium."

architects: jacques herzog & pierre de meuron
place: münchen, germany
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